Joey Harker not only makes serious, life-costing mistakes, but suffers the consequences of his actions. So much so that at one point in the story, he winds up even further back than square one.
David Wong takes chaos and makes it relatable, in a dark and humorous way.
Maggie Stiefvater weaves metaphors like a spider weaves silk, and she filled this brief, slim novel to the brim with them. There are so many to examine, but I think I've picked out the main one...
I've waited all year to read both of these.
The story itself mockingly dodged predictable hero's journey tropes, twisting around and jumping the curb every chance it got, as if to say, "you just thought you knew what was coming next."
A deft narration interwoven with a unique magic system, complex world building, cunning politics, interesting history, brilliant battles, intricate confrontations, and, best of all, puns.
I cannot gush about The Dark Days Club enough. It's deliciously dark, a thrilling urban fantasy.
The narrative style is quick and punchy enough to keep me turning pages, the wit snaps, and the characters are quite lifelike. I'd definitely hang out with this bunch of goofballs and have a good time with them.
As a sequel to Six of Crows, Crooked Kingdom hits the ground running, carrying the energy of the previous book by dropping its readers into the beginning of a new heist-in-progress, one that will determine the fate of our favorite bunch of gangsters.
This story takes readers on an emotional roller coaster of bated breath, joyous highs, and gut twisting plunges. Quick, heart-pounding, witty, and never dull.